Archive | June 23, 2016

“Locke’s Hill Trail”, Gilford, NH — A Mini (But Rewarding) “Mount Major”.

by Anura Guruge


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Pictures taken with a Fujifilm X-E2s.

Attribution WILL be enforced.







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From Google Maps, of course — who else? Click image to access Google Maps at this ‘point’.


Locke’s Hill” in Gilford like “Knight’s Pond” in Alton is an oft overlooked by folks looking for a ‘not-to-hard’, BUT rewarding hike on ‘this side’ of Lake Winnipesaukee. “Locke’s Hill” trail, like the much more famous “Mount Major” in Alton is on Route 11, about 6 miles apart. See map above.

“Locke’s” is a definite, v. kid friendly, alternative to “Mount Major” — the views from the top not that dissimilar. “Locke’s” at 1.9 miles of hiking is exactly half as long as “M.M.”, and at 1,057′ its elevation is 728′ less than that of its ‘big cousin’. On a difficulty scale of 1-5, if “M.M” is a 4 “Locke’s” is probably 1.25. If you go up “Quarry Trail” on the left of the Trailhead and come down via the “Lakeside Trail” the only real (slightly) steep places you will encounter is on the way down!

We, I and the two kids, did “Locke’s” on Monday evening when the temp. was in the high 70s. It is shady and cool. Totally deserted (as it tends to be). We encountered one other group and that was when we were nearly back at the car park. In contrast there were about 8 cars at “M.M.”. When I lived in Gilford, less than 1.5 miles away, I did this trail quite a bit, often with Ulysses.

Easy, fun, rewarding hike. The stone seats are cool. Unlike “Knight’s” it is very quiet and peaceful until you are nearly back to the car park — at which point you hear the traffic on Rte 11.

At the v. top, by the red tower do NOT take the wide track with what are tire-tracks from the tower maintenance vehicles. Instead either GO STRAIGHT ahead or find the narrower foot-path which is the “Lakeside Trail”. Otherwise you will miss the views of the Lake! Do not go back along the “Quarry Trail” following the signs to the car park. You will miss the Lake again! Yes, the signage could be better at the top. But now you have been warned.


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With Polling Stations Open For Another 5 Hours, German Cinema Shooting Could Sway Brexit Voting!

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Click image to access Reuters original.


Crossed my mind as I was watching the breaking news. We don’t know the details BUT if it was in any way ‘immigration-related’ it could have an impact on the Brexit referendum.

Food for thought.

Polls don’t close till 10pm London (GMT) time (today).


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I Am Strangely Calm & Ambivalent About Brexit Referendum — Cool With EITHER Outcome!

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From the U.K. “Mirror”.

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I should not be ambivalent and incredibly calm about the outcome of the Brexit referendum.

I should be agitated and anxious as I was ahead of the Scottish Referendum two years ago.

I had, for decades, been extremely ANTI-European Union (EU). I voted in 1975 AGAINST staying in the EU.

To start with I was, of course, in the LEAVE camp.

Then I started having second thoughts. Though I will, alas, never get the chance it is kind of nice to know that I could go and live anywhere in the EU that I wished, say Italy or Holland. Would hate to lose that. Also the unhindered travel.

So in this case, much to MY surprise, I can see ‘positives’ in either outcome. Amazing.

So I am very calm. Emotionally unattached, so to speak.

The results will be interesting and I will stay up to watch them — if need be.


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National Parks 100th Birthday, i.e., Centennial, Is Just For The ‘Park Service’ — Not Any Famous Parks.

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Click to access “National Park Service” (NPS) 100th Birthday celebration page. They do point out correctly that this is all about the August 25, 1916 CREATION of the ‘Park Service’.


And President Obama visited 2 National Parks
to mark the upcoming Centennial.

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Click image to access the original “Voice of America” coverage.


To be fair the National Park Service (NPS), in general, has done a good job pointing out that this 100th Birthday celebrations relate to the CREATION of the Park Service than any of the famous National Parks.

They do, however, as I have already pointed out subscribe to this — THOUGH that is wrong! Acadia only became a National Park in 1919.

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Here is an extract from an Excel spreadsheet I created on when the
current 59 National Parks were officially established.

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Notice that Yellowstone, the first Park to be established, is now 144 years old. Yosemite & Sequoia, both of which we visited in April, are 126s old.

Yes, there are 3 Parks turning 100 this year, but they are not ‘famous’.

2019 will be THE BANNER year — with the Grand Canyon, Zion and Acadia (again).


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